Some like to drink it straight, some like it with a little cream and sugar. Some prefer it as a latte, espresso or cappuccino.

Americans have many different ways of drinking coffee, but they may not be aware of the process it takes that coffee to get to their cup. Patrons at Newton Public Library had a chance to learn more about coffee during a presentation Wednesday by Patty Meier, owner of Mojo's Coffee Bar.

Meier has been in the coffee business for the past five years and said having her own coffee shop was a long-time dream of hers.

"I've been interested in coffee since college — that's when I fell in love with coffee," she said.

Although there are legends about the origins of coffee — such as a story about monks using the beverage to help them stay up longer so they could pray more — coffee is known to have originated in the mountains of Ethiopia near Yemen.

Coffee is grown in the tropics, and the only U.S. state with the correct climate for growing coffee is Hawaii. The United States gets most of its coffee from South America.

The beverage begins its life as a "coffee cherry," which contains two beans. The beans are picked, washed, dried and then shipped out to be roasted. Most coffee is picked by hand, since not all the cherries ripen at the same time and coffee often is grown in areas that aren't conducive to machine harvesting.

It takes 4,000 beans to make one pound of coffee, and each tree only produces about one to two pounds of coffee per year.

There are a variety of ways to drink coffee, including:

• Brewed, which is plain black coffee.

• Espresso, which uses a special brewing method and finely ground coffee.

• Latte, which is espresso and steamed milk.

• Cappuccino, which has more foam.

• Mocha, which is a latte flavored with chocolate.

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